Claims that soon-to-be released recordings will show Jackie Onassis thought Lyndon Baines Johnson was behind the assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy are false, accoridng to officials familiar with the tapes.
Next month, ABC News plans to release eight hours of audio recordings the former First Lady made shortly after the tragic killing of her husband in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. The then-Mrs. Kennedy taped herself in eight hours of conversation with historian Arthur Schlesinger, and then ordered the recordings to not be released until 50 years after her death.
Daughter Caroline Kennedy authorized the release of archives, which have been tucked away in the Kennedy Library in Boston, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration. The historic audio will be offered in book and CD formats, along with an ABC News television network special.
Without saying how it got advance notice about the audio, British tabloid The Daily Mail reported on August 8 that Jackie Kennedy says she “believed that Lyndon B. Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband.”
“She became convinced that the then vice president, along with businessmen in the South, had orchestrated the Dallas shooting, with gunman Lee Harvey Oswald — long claimed to have been a lone assassin — merely part of a much larger conspiracy,” the tabloid writes.
This prompted ABC News to vehemently deny the claims made by the Daily Mail. “The tabloid reports about the content of the tapes are totally erroneous,” the news organizaiton said in a press release. “ABC News isn’t releasing any content from those tapes until mid-September at which point it will be clear how off base these reports are.”
The assassination has sparked an endless number of conspiracy theories, some claiming LBJ was involved with plotting the killing.
Some historical facts about the assassination may back up the tabloid’s claims.
After witnessing JFK being shot and killed as they rode in a motorcade, Mrs. Kennedy refused to remove her iconic double-breasted, pink Channel suit, which had become splattered with her her husband’s blood. She wore the suit alongside LBJ as he was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States, saying, “I want them to see what they have done to Jack.”
If the claims made by the Daily Mail turn out to be true, we may finally know who the “they” Mrs. Kennedy meant are.